James Henry

Educational Background

BA, English literature, City College of New York, New York City, USA

MA, English literature/creative writing, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA


I grew up in both Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. Before becoming a university teacher, I worked for many years as a writer and editor in New York and Chicago. My first teaching job was at Oberlin College in Ohio. A few years later I moved overseas. Since then, I’ve taught in Dubai, Cairo, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and, now, China.

Selected Publications/scholarly and creative work


∙       Thank You for Being Concerned and Sensitive, (short story collection) University of Iowa Press, October 1997, winner of the 1997 University of Iowa Short Fiction Award.

Short Fiction

∙       “La Vida No Esta Bien,” Anak Sustra 10, http://www.anaksastra.com.

∙       “At Least We’ve Legs,” Hobart 12, Spring 2011

∙       “New Scales of Magnificence.” Chicago Quarterly Review, Winter 2003

∙       “There’s Nothing,” South Carolina Review, Fall 2002

∙       “A Prayer in Praise of Satan,” Confrontation, Fall/Winter 2002/2003

∙       “Motherhurt” Studies in Contemporary Satire, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Autumn, 1995

∙       “The Main Event.” The Best of Writers at Work—1994.  Northwest Publishing, Inc.


I teach ESL 0303, ESL 0305, ESL 0403, ESL 0405, English 1300 and English 1430.